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Council tax rise of 2.4 per cent

TAXPAYERS look set for another hefty council tax increase in Solihull.

TAXPAYERS look set for another hefty council tax increase in Solihull.

Council officers are presently poring over the budget and the latest figures suggest a rise of 2.4 per cent this year.

This is slightly down on the 2.93 per cent that was originally suggested - but work is still ongoing.

In recent years, meagre settlements from Government have led to steep increases. Last year, it rose by 4.5 per cent.

This week, the Lib Dems said they would be lobbying to freeze council tax in Solihull. Like the Tories, they want to see bigger grants from central government.

Coun Ian Hedley, leader of the Lib Dem group, said: “It is high time the Government gave their fair share to the people of Solihull.”

The increase will be discussed at length over the coming weeks, with the final budget recommendation going to Full Council on March 1.

 

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